- The definition of calumny is a lie or the act of saying a lie that is intended to be hurtful.
An example of a calumny is for a reporter to print a bad story about a businessman without a reliable source.
calumny definition by Webster's New World
- a false and malicious statement meant to hurt someone's reputation
- the uttering of such a statement; slander
Origin: French calomnie ; from Classical Latin calumnia, trickery, slander ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kēl-, an unverified form kol-, to deceive, confuse from source Old English hol, slander
calumny definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. cal·um·nies
- A false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation.
- The utterance of maliciously false statements; slander.
Origin: Middle English calumnie, from Old French calomnie, from Latin calumnia, from calvī, to deceive.
calumny - Legal Definition